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Geophysical advances triggered by 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

May 1, 2014

A little more than 50 years ago, on 27 March 1964, the Great Alaska earthquake and tsunami struck. At moment magnitude 9.2, this earthquake is notable as the largest in U.S. written history and as the second-largest ever recorded by instruments worldwide. But what resonates today are its impacts on the understanding of plate tectonics, tsunami generation, and earthquake history as well as on the development of national programs to reduce risk from earthquakes and tsunamis.

Publication Year 2014
Title Geophysical advances triggered by 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake
DOI 10.1002/2014EO170001
Authors Peter J. Haeussler, William S. Leith, David J. Wald, John R. Filson, Cecily Wolfe, David Applegate
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Eos, Earth and Space Science News
Index ID 70190556
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center Geology Minerals